Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. 

“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today’s announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”

During his remarks, the Governor discussed the incredible advancements that Texas has made that allow the state to open fully and lift the mask mandate—noting the rapid increase of vaccines. Nearly 5.7 million vaccine shots have been administered to Texans, and the state is now administering almost one million shots each week. By next Wednesday, about 7 million shots will have been administered in Texas and over half of seniors in Texas will have received a vaccine shot. By the end of March, every senior who wants a vaccine should be able to get one. The vaccine supply continues to increase so rapidly that more and more Texans will soon be eligible to receive a vaccine.

The Governor noted that Texas has a surplus of personal protective equipment and can perform over 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day. The state has invested in a variety of anti-body therapeutic drugs that have kept thousands of Texans out of hospitals. Texans have also adopted daily habits that reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection. More than 2.5 million Texans who were lab confirmed for COVID-19 have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic, and experts note the total number of Texans who have recovered from COVID-19 is likely 4-5 times that amount. The number of active COVID-19 cases is the lowest since November—meaning more Texans are recovering from COVID-19 than contracting it.

This executive order rescinds most of the Governor’s earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, this order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion. 

If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity. 

Time to READ an AMAZING BOOK!

If you have not read this book yet, it is a must read. Delores not only runs a successful rental business, but she simply and eloquently articulates simple strategies for living the life you deserve. I cannot recommend this book enough! My original copy is a bit worn from using at as a resource book. Order it on amazon.com at: HERE. It is the best $.98 cents you will ever spend.

From the Author herself- the Divine Ms. Delores Crum:

In recent months, while the pandemic raged about us,
Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you my just-published book, Simple Success Strategies: Live the Life You Deserve. Starting now, and through Saturday, March 6th, you can purchase the ebook version of this impactful work for just 99 cents. For the next twelve days, you’ll pay less than a dollar for a simple to understand, easy to read, 108 pages that could help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Even if you’re in a great place, as many of you are, unless you’re “finished” learning, growing, and improving, Simple Strategies is a valuable resource for achieving the next level of professional success and personal satisfaction.

Please order your copy today, and after you’ve read it (or most of it), I’d be grateful for an Amazon review evaluating your reading experience. Your direct feedback would be welcome as well, since a book of this nature is never “done”. . Self-published books like this one are a work in progress – an effort that can be tweaked as new discoveries are made, new insights are gained and suggestions from the “reading public” are offered. The ever-evolving “story” is a never-ending project, and your input is invaluable for future refinement. If you read the first Simple Strategies iteration, the American Rental Association article attached to this email answers the question “Why Would I Read this New Book”? I hope you’ll be motivated to revisit, in light of all we’ve experienced over this past year, the PPPEEEZ Success formula, and recommit to claiming the Life You Deserve.

Thanks in Advance for your Help and Support. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and I hope our paths cross, in person, this year.

Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day on Sunday!

Valentine’s Day can at times provide anxiety while people are preparing for it. I admit that even after 25 years, I still try to find the perfect gift with a stupid amount of meaning (all while coming off of Christmas, Wedding Anniversary and my husband’s birthday all within four weeks) to run with the insanely romantic crowd. The endless social media posts of the amazing couples who have figured this out are enamored by me. They make it look so effortless and I have to believe that it is not (although, it really might be and I just have not figured it out yet). I can say that years ago when our kids were young and going in different directions that did not allow us to be in the same place at the same time, we found ourselves in the corner booth of a Whataburger. We had 1 hour from when we dropped the kids off at their respective activities and then had to return. So, the corner booth at Whataburger has become our thing. My husband first tolerated the comments from friends when we posted on social media our Valentine’s Day at Whataburger now, he owns it proudly- like (almost too much) owns it. So whatever your thing is this weekend, enjoy the kisses, the gifts, the love, the meaning of the day and appreciate that I will be truly enjoying my Whataburger! Cheers to Love!

Assistant + Bride + Groom + A Little Wind

There is always a money shot at a wedding. I talk about it all the time. I love when photos come across my computer from a wedding. A true photographer will be able to take the natural elements and make them work in their favor. Shelley was working with me on December 19th and the photographer, Melanie Applegate, asked her to arrange the bride’s veil. With a little help of the wind, an insanely talented photographer and quick assistant, this amazing photo enters into the favorite photos of the year.